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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Nov 8, 2007 7:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio better than live?

Great question.

For me, hands down: CRAZY FINGERS.

The Blues for Allah version blows away any live one i've ever heard. The studio has a sharp,clear,reggae-infused quality they never achieved live, plus Garcia's vocals are miles superior to any live version (and he doesn't blow the lyrics.) The best live version i've heard is from 'One From the Vault', that 1975 concert, but i still wouldn't put it ahead of Blues for Allah).

I love Crazy Fingers, but, like another of my favorite Dead tunes--Row Jimmy--I find there are very few good live versions, and when it comes to Fingers, the studio version reigns supreme.

That said, if anyone feels like pointing me to a good live version of "Fingers"--other than One From the Vault--i'm all ears.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Nov 8, 2007 8:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio better than live?

Grendel,

try frost amp oct 1982. It's 82 so Jer's vocals will not come close to the studio version. the reason I love this one is that there is a significant jam after and it's not a playin jam. It actually has an I know you rider feel at one point. Then it transitions nicely into lost sailor. This is my personal fav.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Nov 8, 2007 8:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio better than live?

Thanks, lobster--i'm not familiar w/that version, and will def. check it out. I actually find Garcia's voice to be in fine form on some '82 shows, particularly 10/10/82 and one of my Top 10 shows of all time 4/19/82

Thanks again!

GC

*-well, what do you know--THAT's the show! 10/10....I guess i need to re-listen to that Crazy Fingers; I don't recall it being a stand-out--I usually focus on the first set of this show, esp. the TN Jed.

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Poster: Seven-Eleven Date: Nov 8, 2007 8:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio better than live?

I like Ratdog's studio version of Corinna better than live versions by the dead.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 8, 2007 9:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio better than live?

I agree grendel. In fact I was going to make a post one day asking how they managed to completely F up and bungle the beginning. The begining is so light and airy and intricate and live they just hurry up and flub right through it.

There are some that I enjoy once they get past the botched beginning but for the most part I stick to the 75 or 76 versions. Check out some 76 versions if you want to hear some that aren't messed up.

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Nov 8, 2007 7:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio better than live?

Grendel-
Wow, you simply articulated exactly my thoughts on this issue. For me the One from the Vault release, which I listen to often, is some of the most intensely intimate, as well as artistic playing that the band ever accomplished.

The story of that release is wonderful as well. The crickets under the stage. The fact that the tunes could not have been any more rehearsed and polished as they practically left the studio after finishing up recording the album, and went to the theatre to perform. Sage and Spirit? King Solomon's Marbles?

Amazing performance, wonderful recording. Almost a live studio album.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 8, 2007 11:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio better than live?

Absolutely! This a point I always consider critical to the success of so many shows of 1970: they were spending so much time working on vocals with the two vocal dominated albums that year that it translated to many, not all, but many of the shows that year. They would do various things with the harmonies, eg, on CumbBlues, that I think they only tried because they were so comfortable with it...

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Nov 8, 2007 4:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio better than live?

When I saw this thread Blues for Allah popped right into my head . . .I don't have any specific comparisons but the music on this album is just flawless. As for a beautiful Row Jimmy the 4-3-85 Providence does it for me.